For ‘Christian circles’, please read ‘certain Protestant circles’.
The company who did the soil studies is willing to include a paragraph in the final report that acknowledges the existence of different opinions, but they will not go so far as to say that the age of the Earth may be only 6,000 years. Different opinions are one thing, changing facts is something else altogether.
Science secretary Ronald Plasterk asserted that the Earth’s age of some 5 billion years is sadly non-negotiable.
Facts and faith sometimes do bump into each other, but in my experience rarely as blatantly as this. It’s almost like saying that the sky is green because you read that somewhere, despite all evidence to the contrary. But I suppose that this is the risk you run if you own one book, the Bible, and treat it like a science book.
Or if you let politicians dabble in science, for that matter.